Slick Nick wrote:Dog, is beauty subjective or objective? I've been struggeling with the question for like 45 seconds.. The idea is that beauty is a social construct, thus subjective. But we have clear deep rooted preferences for ukrainian symetry, asses and tits. Main question being, what is objectivity/subjectivity? I mean, if I'm biologically pushed towards certain types of faces and bodies, isin't it a form of objectivity? I mean it's not my subjective part of the brain pushing towards liking it, but rather a part I don't control... thus making it objective.
I don’t think the distinction between subjective and objective is very clear cut at all. It a spectrum -the more towards the individual/small -it’s more subjective-, the more towards the collective/large -it’s more objective. “Objectivity” basically means how many observers agree.
In your case, beauty, well, a lot of it will be down to genetic predisposition (picking out fit mates for babies and other such things) and culture. Those tend to be regarded as “objective” -but can also be said to be subjective to the reference group. Add in smaller scale social influences (family/friends) and you get closer to “individual taste”, which tends to be regarded as more subjective -but could be said to be objective to the reference group.
Anywho, like everything else, beauty is a function of biological, large and small scale culture and, at the individual level, how those influences and predispositions get shaped by individual experience. Mind you, at a given group level, the same could be said. Russian dolls, all of it.